I finally got enough rep to get to architect, it has been a long, long journey to get there.
The original SMP server was introduced just after I got tech, at that point, I stopped playing realms for a long time, playing just SMP. In the time since I first got tech, I have quit playing realms and come back, twice. I have had tech for over a year, if it takes anyone else that long to get to arch, you get a wow from me.
The only problem is, I don't want to press the button to make me an architect, I will miss my tech rank.
I need to become an arch so I can increase my realm size to finish my current build, but I don't want to :(
Good luck to everyone out there in not taking as long as me.